13 October 2007|
Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood Palladium
How Soon Is Now?This final date of Morrissey's residency at the Hollywood Palladium, which was also the venue's final concert before being closed down, was an excellent one. Morrissey looked happy to be there, and was very playful and energetic. Perhaps for the first time in this residency there were no sound problems. Morrissey's musicians had painted on black eyes. The crowd was energetic as well, and very responsive. They sang along to many of their favourite songs, and Morrissey sometimes stopped singing and let them carry on. Some fans felt a lull in the last third of the show, but the energy pickep up again for the encore when a bunch of them crowd surfed to the front and tried to get on stage.
For the benefit of the people who were seeing multiple shows, Morrissey once again completely resequenced the setlist and changed a good portion of its content. The following songs returned: "In The Future When All's Well", "The Loop", "London", "Human Being", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", "All You Need Is Me", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" and "I Will See You In Far Off Places"; while these were dropped: "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", "You Have Killed Me", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", "Disappointed", "The National Front Disco", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "Ganglord", "Let Me Kiss You" and "Dear God Please Help Me". "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" was planned, but it was skipped.
Morrissey greeted the audience only after set opener "How Soon Is Now?", by quoting from the Smiths song "Rusholme Ruffians": "This is the last night of the fair!" After "In The Future When All's Well" he said "So you see, nothing will make us go away!" He introduced "Jack The Ripper" with the simple "In other words..." A line of the latter number was successively changed to "you don't agree but you don't refuse, do you? No! No! No! No!" then "you don't agree, and you shouldn't refuse". After the song Morrissey thanked the crowd with the line "Thank you opera lovers!" During "Sister I'm A Poet" he took an Elvis Presley LP handed to him by a fan and now and then during the song he held it in front of his face and pretended that it was Elvis singing. He actually changed a line to "Sister I'm a, Elvis I'm a, all over this town". Further into the song he did another line in a Elvis drawl. After the song he asked "Are you perspiring heavily (crowd cheers) Well you know what that means, don't you..."
Morrissey punctuated the final occurrence of the line "and do you think you've made the right decision this time?" in "London" with a shout of "Me? No!" After that song he said something that sounded like, but probably wasn't quite "I love you!... Love your lies... except for humans!" After "Tomorrow" he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "After many many years going hither and thither, it's my personal honour to finally have the best band (crowd cheers)... the privilege is mine. Michael Farrell... Jesse Tobias... Matt Walker... Solomon Walker... and of course (crowd cheers loudly and Morrissey can't introduce Boz, but acknowledges)... yes..." He followed "Human Being" with the comment "So I am a human being but until I see evidence in writing I'll always have doubts..." Then "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" was introduced with the words "This next song has several stressed syllables, can you cope? (crowd cheers) Can *I* cope?"
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was matter-of-factly introduced with the line "It's nothing to do with me, it's a statement of fact: the world is full of crashing bores." Morrissey had appeared on the Carson Daly programme the night before so after the latter number he asked "Did you see us on the Carson McCulloch [sic] show last night? Was it any good, really? Any criticisms?" He then introduced "I Like You" by saying "So this next song has very special meaning... unlike the rest of course... (waits for the band to launch into the song) la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la..." After "I Like You" he thanked the irregular regulars ie the fans who traveled to see many shows, with the line "Thank you to those of you who manage to come here every single night..." He was originally scheduled to play 10 dates in this residency, but two had been cancelled because of a burst water pipe, so at this point he joked, "And, would you believe, that we had a very close call today when there was a burst water main (crowd laughs)... Is that funny? Well it just proves that you never can tell, but thank you to all the familiar chubby faces who we can rely on... Thank you to the people of the Hollywood Palladium for not shooting me... next time!"
After "Death Of A Disco Dancer" Morrissey strugglingly said "So tonight's question is: what is or (mocks american accent) what is, as you say, what is a woman? What is a woman? Is it - is a woman, a man with a womb, a womb-man, or - I don't think so..." He handed the microphone to a fan and said "Answer... (fan answers) Shakespeare could not have put it better! Perfect! Sorry for the (in american accent) dumbass question? Don't forget, I'm from Glendale! Kidding..." The Smiths classic "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" was introduced with the line "There was a time when everything was fine, we got drunk in a day..." The crowd sang along so loudly to the latter number that Morrissey at some point stopped singing and let them carry on for a few lines. After the song he teasingly asked "Are you still there?", which of course got a loud reaction from the audience.
In "All You Need In Me" Morrissey sang "you're gonna miss me when I'm gone", but also "you're gonna miss this when I'm gone". After the song he asked "Is that plausible? Do you know what plausible means?" He changed the final line of "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" to "so goose me while you still have the time". The song was a new composition so he self-deprecatingly welcomed the crowd's appreciation of it by saying "Look, you don't have to pretend, because we're very realistic people." He then had a word about his opening act: "When the great Kristeen Young Walked on this stage, she foolishly, I thought, requested some casual nudity, and I thought that was quite (?), especially as she herself is not prepared... (fan shouts something) What? What? SPEAK UP! All that money and education and, that's all they can say..."
As the end of the show was approaching, Morrissey then said "Tomorrow we actually - our little mule train makes its way to Utah (crowd cheers/boos) which is not really dissimilar to Los Angeles, really... I think. You just have to know where to go. And I think I do. (crowd reacts) What? What? (makes grunting noises as he mocks hecklers)..." Halfway into "Irish Blood, English Heart" he said "I'm in tune now". Then as the crowd was loudly singing along, he stopped singing, let them carry on for a few lines, then said "That's right!" As the band was taking too long getting ready for "Stretch Out And Wait", he asked "Patience! Patience!... Patience..." He then accepted some gifts and said "Oh wow, oh thank you... oh wow, thank you... I've never (?), but thank you... Gracias!" He then mock-stuttered as he accepted more: "FF-ff-for me? You sure? Ff-ff-for me?"
New composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" was briefly introduced with the words "For those of you in the know, 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris'." Morrissey changed a line in that song to "In the absence of your smiling face, I scoot all over the place". Following the latter number he replied to some song request by saying "We never play that..." He introduced main set closer "I Will See You In Far Off Places" by saying "Now, what the hell happens and whatever dread befalls me and you, I will see you in far off places..." Amongst other more common lyric changes in that song, he also sang "and yes, one day I, I will close my mouth forever".
When Morrissey and the band returned to the stage for the encore, Morrissey wasn't the only one to have changed into a fresh shirt, as all five musicians were dressed in Chivas jerseys. Morrissey's parting words were "Thank you for the love... We will see you who-knows-where, who-knows-when, but thank you just the same..." The encore was very hectic. People all around crowd surfed, trying to make their way to the front. At the front people tried to make it over the barrier, or at least get a handshake from Morrissey. The man stretched left and right trying to touch as many hands as possible, he even managed to pull a few people up. Through it all he panted and had a difficult time keeping up with the lyrics, so he adlibbed many tiny bits. At the end of the song he threw his shirt into the audience as he almost always did, but each of his musicians also did the same with their Chivas jerseys.
Some footage of this date (source unknown) has been included on a bootleg 2-DVD set featuring material from all Morrissey shows at the Palladium in October 2007.
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